Next Membership Meeting:

Dr. Dionne Benson

Racing Medication & Testing Consortium (RMTC), COO

May  13th, 2015 at
Copper Roux

(861 South Broadway, Lexington, KY 40502)
A link to driving directions will be on RSVP confirmation Email


Dionne Benson RMTC Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer Dr. Dionne Benson assumed her position at the RMTC in July 2012. Dr. Benson provides administrative oversight of RMTC-funded research projects, the implementation of world-class laboratory drug testing standards, and the development and promotion of uniform medication rules, policies and guidelines.

A native of the Twin Cities area of Minnesota, Dr. Benson completed a veterinary internship at the acclaimed Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., prior to her role at the RMTC. As a veterinary intern, Dr. Benson rotated through the areas of surgery, anesthesia and medicine, and was responsible for primary patient care. Dr. Benson also completed a summer research project under Dr. Troy Trumble at the University of Minnesota, in which she designed and executed a clinical study on peri-neural and intra-articular joint blocks.

In addition, Dr. Benson has worked as a veterinary assistant to Dr. V. Don Newcomb at Canterbury Park and as a detention barn technician for the Minnesota State Veterinarian’s office.
Prior to her veterinary medicine pursuits, Dr. Benson practiced law for eight years, serving as an adjunct faculty member at the William Mitchell College of Law, and as an attorney for the National Arbitration Forum and at Larkin, Hoffman, Daly and Lindgren, Ltd. in Minneapolis, Minn.

Dr. Benson received her B.S. and D.V.M. from the University of Minnesota, and J.D. from the William Mitchell College of Law.

Dr. Benson has garnered many awards, scholarships and grants, including the ACVS Foundation Student Surgical Proficiency Award for Excellence in Large Animal Surgery (April 2011), Bayer Healthcare Legend Award in Equine Medicine (April 2011), Julie Hanzlik Memorial Scholarship (April 2011), American Livestock / Hiscox Insurance Company / AAEP Scholarship (December 2010), Winner’s Circle Scholarship (April 2010), and the Morris Animal Foundation Summer Student Research Grant Recipient (June 2009).

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• RSVP’s must be in by 5 p.m. May 10th, 2015.
• No RSVP’s will be taken after the deadline.
• Walk-in seating very limited.
• Registration begins at 6:15 P.M. at Copper Roux (located at 861 South Broadway, Lexington, KY 40504 – See map below and in confirmation Email)
• Dinner begins at 7:00 P.M.
• Cash, Check and Credit Card payments accepted at the door.
• Please list names of all attendees when making reservations.
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